Suffolk to provide tour of Underground Railroad

Jordan Crawford | 1/23/2014, 2:43 p.m.

BET is beginning to show more consecutive movies about historical Black figures and events. This can only mean one thing, Black History Month is near. This year, for those Black history enthusiasts who also enjoy traveling, The Underground Railroad Historic Experience Day Tour is sure to please.

“The Underground Railroad Experience: Moses Grandy Slave Narrative, Great Dismal Swamp and Hampton Roads Historic Sites” is a monthly day bus tour traveling throughout Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina for a history learning experience to key points along the Underground Railroad.

Points of interest will be places named in the famed Moses Grandy 1843 slave narrative and the Federal Writers’ Project slave narrative of Charles Grandy, both with roots in Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina.

The tour will explore the James River, Fort Monroe, Norfolk Waterfront, Moses Myers House (select tours only), the Great Dismal Swamp Canal in Chesapeake, and South Mills, N.C. The day will end at the Dismal Swamp State Park in Camden County, N.C. with a lecture on the history of the Dismal Swamp Canal and its connection to the Underground Railroad.

The 208-year-old Dismal Swamp Canal was designated as a National Park Service Network in 2004 to Freedom Underground Railroad site, and is the only designated Underground Railroad site in Virginia and North Carolina.

Tour dates are Feb.8 and 15, and Mar. 22. Each tour costs $65 per person and lunch is included. The starting location is at the Broken Egg Bistro parking lot in North Suffolk and buses will board between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. For more information, go to www.diversityrestoration.com or call 967-0062.